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You Tube – Panini Cooperstown Ballparks Insert Set

January 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Have put together a ten-card Ballparks insert set from Panini Cooperstown. Check out what I got:

The only problem is there are no team logos or their names listed anywhere on the cards since Panini does not have a license from MLB. So unless you know your baseball history, you will have a hard time figuring which team played where. Quite maddening, I know.

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2013 TOPPS SERIES 1 – RED SOX CARDS

January 19, 2013 Leave a comment

With the checklist officially released for 2013 Topps Series 1 baseball cards, it’s a good time to look at what Topps’ flagship series has in store for Red Sox fans. The base set will consist of ten cards:

15 – Dustin Pedroia
32 – Craig Breslow
64 – Will Middlebrooks
66 – Daniel Nava
91 – Alfredo Aceves
118 – Daisuke Matsuzaka
241 – Jacoby Ellsbury
279 – Vicente Padilla
291 – Ryan Sweeney
301- Jarrod Saltalamacchia

2012 was a lousy season for the Red Sox. Star players like Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last year and their roles were primarily filled by Triple-A players, many of whom will start the season back in the minors. All Red Sox free agent signings and trades made in the offseason should be reflected in Series 2.

Nevertheless, the list contains players that will not be on the roster come Opening Day. I’m surprised Daisuke Matsuzaka will have a card even though Red Sox had no interest in re-signing him well before 2012 season ended. Vicente Padilla just signed with a Japanese team. Ryan Sweeney is a free agent and I have no idea if he’ll be back. And there are some doubts Alfredo Aceves will be back even though he did file for arbitration. Jarrod Saltalamacchia just avoided arbitration but may be traded before Opening Day. Pedroia, Middlebrooks and Ellsbury are the only players worth getting excited about.

Each base card will have parallels: Emerald, Camo, Pink, Black, Platinum and Printing Plates.

Listed below are the insert cards:

CHASING HISTORY

CH-33                    Ted Williams

CHASING THE DREAM

CD-3                      Will Middlebrooks

CUT TO THE CHASE

CTC-9                    Ted Williams
CTC-15                  Dustin Pedroia

THE GREATS

TG-5                      Ted Williams
TG-6                      Jimmie Foxx

CALLING CARDS

CC-4                       David Ortiz

1972 TOPPS MINIS

TM-11                   Dustin Pedroia
TM-46                  Jim Rice
TM-50                  Ted Williams

PENNET CHASE CODE CARDS

PC-4                       Boston Red Sox

Listed below are the relic cards:

CHASING HISTORY RELICS

CHR-DO                David Ortiz

CHASING THE DREAMS RELICS

CDR-WM             Will Middlebrooks

CUT TO THE CHASE RELICS

CTCR-9                 Ted Williams
CTCR-15               Dustin Pedroia

THE GREAT RELICS

TGR-JF                 Jamie Foxx
TGR-PM               Pedro Martinez
TGR-TW               Ted Williams

CALLING CARD RELICS

CCR-DO                David Ortiz
CCR-NG                Nomar Garciaparra
CCR-WB               Wade Boggs

IN THE NAME RELICS

ITN-DO                 David Ortiz

Listed below are the autograph cards:

CHASING HISTORY CUT SIGNATURES

CHCS-BO              Bobby Doer
CHCS-TS               Tris Speaker
CHCS-TW             Ted Williams
CHCS-TW2           Ted Williams

CHASING THE DREAM AUTOGRAPHS

CDA-FD                                Felix Doubront

THE GREATS AUTOGRAPHS

TGA-PM               Pedro Martinez

CALLING CARD AUTOGRAPHS

CCA-NG               Nomar Garciaparra
CCA-WB               Wade Boggs

1972 TOPPS MINIS AUTOGRAPHS

TMA-DP               Dustin Pedroia

THE GREATS AUTOGRAPH RELICS

TGAR-PM            Pedro Martinez

CALLING CARD AUTOGRAPH RELICS

CCAR-DO             David Ortiz
CCAR-NG             Nomar Garciaparra

THE ULTIMATE CHASE

TUC-14                  Pedro Martinez
TUC-30                 Pedro Martinez

Listed below are the silk cards:

SILK COLLECTION

SC-31                     Dustin Pedroia
SC-46                     Jacoby Ellsbury
SC-67                     Will Middlebrooks
SC-98                     Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Listed below can only be found in HTA-HOBBY:

MVP AWARD WINNER TROPHY

MVP-DP               Dustin Pedroia

CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER TROPHY

CY-RM2                Pedro Martinez

SILVER SLUGGERS AWARD WINNER TROPHY

SS-DO                   David Ortiz
SS-JR                     Jim Rice
SS-MR                   Manny Ramirez
SS-WB                   Wade Boggs

Listed below can only be found in retail:

MANUFACTURED COMMEMORATIVE PATCH CARDS

CP-2                       Dustin Pedroia

MANUFACTURED ROOKIE CARD PATCH CARDS

RCP-15                  Wade Boggs

Both Carton Fisk and Carl Yastrazemski were well-represented in last year’s set. This year Ted Williams, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Wade Boggs make multiple appearances.

Hope you found this list helpful. If there are any comments, questions, or corrections, please leave it below or tweet me @callstrike.

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